Joshua Cohen (writer)

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Joshua Cohen
Joshua Cohen BBF 2010 Shankbone.jpg
Born 1980
Somers Point, New Jersey
Occupation novelist, story writer
Nationality United States
Period Contemporary
Genre Jewish, Literature, Speculative Fiction

Joshua Aaron Cohen (born September 6, 1980) is an American novelist and story writer.


Cohen was born in New Jersey, and grew up in its Atlantic City. He currently lives in Red Hook. He reads both German and Hebrew and has translated works in both languages into English.[1]

Work and career[edit]

He attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied composition. Cohen does not have an MFA, and has expressed disdain for the degree. In 2017, Granta Magazine named him to its decennial list of the Best Young American Writers.[2]

Cohen's works have received acclaim. Witz was named a Best Book of 2010 by The Village Voice. Four New Messages was named a Best Book of 2012 by The New Yorker.[3] Book of Numbers was named a Best Book of 2015 by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and New York Magazine.

His essays have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Jewish Daily Forward, Nextbook, Tablet Magazine, Triple Canopy (online magazine), Denver Quarterly, The Believer, The New York Observer, The London Review of Books, N+1 online, Guernica Magazine', and elsewhere.

Cohen is the New Books critic for Harper's.



  • Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto (2007)
  • A Heaven of Others (2008) (completed in 2004)
  • Witz (2010)
  • Book of Numbers (2015)
  • Moving Kings (2017)

Online Only[edit]

  • "PCKWCK" (2015) (The world's first live-written novel)[4]

About "PCKWCK": The Daily Dot, The Believer.

Short fiction[edit]


  • The Quorum (2005) (completed in 2001)[5]
  • Aleph-Bet: An Alphabet for the Perplexed (2007)
  • Bridge & Tunnel (& Tunnel & Bridge) (2010)
  • Four New Messages (2012)


Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Emission 2011 Cohen, Joshua (Spring 2011). "Emission". The Paris Review. 196.  Cohen, Joshua (2013). "Emission". In Henderson, Bill. The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. pp. 236–271. 


  • Attention! A (Short) History (2013)

Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
November 2012 "New books". Reviews. Harper's Magazine. 325 (1950): 83–85. November 2012. 
  • Wolfe, Tom (2012). Back to blood : a novel. New York: Little, Brown. 
  • Millet, Lydia (2013). Magnificence : a novel. New York: W. W. Norton. 
  • Kavan, Anna (2013). I am Lazarus. London: Peter Owen. 


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